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Past Events

Making: A World of Enterprising Possibilities

Date: Tuesday 27 March 2018
Time: 12-2pm (lunch provided)

Venue: Structures Lab, The Diamond

Are you interested in getting students making?
What sort of things might your students make within your subject area?
How might making enhance learning in your discipline?
How might your students develop enterprise capabilities by making things?

Opportunities to get Sheffield making are currently being developed and explored by different groups across the University. In learning and teaching, our Faculty of Engineering has this year launched iForge, a student-owned and run makerspace. In research, work in the School of Education through the MakEY project is exploring learning through making in early years education. And our student and graduate entrepreneurs are using making to develop businesses - even inspiring young people into STEM in the process.

We believe that by bringing together ideas from these different initiatives we can make even greater things happen. To get started, we want to get together like-minded individuals to share ideas. We want to explore how we can collaborate and create an effective space or spaces at the University of Sheffield. And we want to see how we can stimulate innovation and creativity, and create a place where people can feel at home, flourish, and grow through authentic, self-led learning, and by experimenting and taking risks in a safe environment.

Successful engagement with external partners


Date: Tuesday 24 April 2018

Time: 2-4pm

Venue: ICOSS Conference room

This event showcased resources developed by USEA to support engagement with external partners, as well as examples of external engagement in the curriculum from across the university.

Speakers included Liz Alvey (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology), Lyndsey Stanton (Department for Lifelong Learning), Giles Harrington (School of Languages and Cultures) and Adrian Jowett (School of Clinincal Dentistry).

Joined-up Assessment for Holistic, Authentic Subject Learning

Wednesday 13 December 2017

  • What are synoptic assessments and capstone projects?
  • What challenges might these techniques present to those implementing them?
  • What opportunities might they offer to staff, students, and external partners?

This event began with a talk from Dr Pete Mylon, University Teacher in Multidisciplinary Engineering Education. As a result of a fact-finding visit to several US HEIs earlier this year, Pete shared some insights on synoptic assessments and capstone projects developed as a result of his visit, and also drew upon a number of examples from the University of Sheffield itself, as well as underpinnings and evidence from the learning and teaching literature.

Pete demonstrated how these methods can provide opportunities for students to work with external partners on real briefs, and to develop a deeper, more holistic view of their subject – resulting in greater levels of engagement and more effective outcomes.

Following Pete’s talk, a select gathering of delegates stayed for a workshop led by the University of Sheffield Enterprise Academy (USEA) team. We explored ways in which assessments might be ‘joined up’ as an effective way of testing students’ ability to integrate learning from multiple modules, and providing meaningful opportunities for them to apply that learning in the solving of authentic problems – all the while providing valuable, creative means to address key learning and teaching priorities.

Full event report coming soon on our Embed Enterprise blog.